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The United Socialist States of New Soviet Norway

“деньги делятся” Owen Lahiji

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The Leftist Assembly

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New Soviet Norway

Population1.612 billion

CapitalStalingrad
LeaderOwen Lahiji
FaithOwenism

CurrencyДеньги
AnimalSoviet Bear

The United Socialist States of New Soviet Norway is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Owen Lahiji with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, infamous sell-swords, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.612 billion Soviets are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stalingrad. The average income tax rate is 68.4%.

The New Soviet Norwayian economy, worth 119 trillion Деньгиs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, Woodchip Exports, and Pizza Delivery. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 74,026 Деньгиs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

The government burgles the houses of holidaying citizens, government-sponsored gallows are being erected by Violetist temples, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, and the giant 80-storey carving of Owen Lahiji in Mount Rushless can be seen from space. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Soviet Norway's national animal is the Soviet Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Owenism.

New Soviet Norway is ranked 77,017th in the world and 245th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Developed, scoring 59.01 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,101stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,461stMost Authoritarian: 10,294thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 12,638thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,246thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,875thMost Conservative: 21,011thMost Secular: 21,767thLargest Black Market: 22,604thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,922ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22,971st
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 19th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 30th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 31st in the regionFattest Citizens: 36th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 37th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 38th in the region

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